Film and television actor with roles in movies and television including HBO’s True Blood, The Good Wife and American Horror Story.
Denis O’Hare was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, living in Southfield until he was 15, when his family moved to Wing Lake in Bloomfield Hills. His mother was a musician and he grew up playing the church organ. O’Hare is of Irish descent and holds an Irish passport.
O’Hare won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out. He won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Oscar Lindquist in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity.
In 2003 O’Hare played a doctor in 21 Grams. In 2004 he played Charles J. Guiteau in the Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, for which he was nominated for the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Award. He lost to co-star Michael Cerveris who played John Wilkes Booth. Before appearing in those shows, he appeared on Broadway in the 1998 revival of Cabaret, in which he played Ernst Ludwig onstage and the clarinet in the show’s orchestra, the Kit Kat Band. O’Hare was featured in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Saint Maybe. He has appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Law & Order and its spin-offs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
In 2008, he appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Brothers & Sisters. His feature film credits include The Anniversary Party, 21 Grams, Garden State, Derailed, Michael Clayton, A Mighty Heart, Half Nelson, Milk, Edge of Darkness, Charlie Wilson’s War and Changeling. In 2009, O’Hare portrayed Phillip Steele (an amalgam character based on Quentin Crisp’s friends Phillip Ward and Tom Steele) in a television biopic on Crisp entitled An Englishman in New York. The same year he played therapist Dr. David Worth in the series Bored to Death.
In 2010, Denis OHare joined the cast of HBO’s True Blood in its third season as Russell Edgington, the vampire king of Mississippi who is 2,800 years old. In 2011, he appeared in the film The Eagle as a Roman officer named Lutorius. Recently he has appeared in a recurring role as Judge Charles Abernathy on the television drama series The Good Wife. O’Hare also co-starred as Larry Harvey in FX’s first season of American Horror Story, Murder House.
In 2012, O’Hare starred alongside Amy Adams and Donna Murphy as the Baker in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at The Public Theater. The production played at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, NYC from July 23 to September 1, 2012. In 2013, O’Hare returned to American Horror Story for its third season, American Horror Story: Coven, where he portrayed Spalding, the house butler. O’Hare portrayed con artist, Stanley on the fourth season of the series, American Horror Story: Freak Show. In 2015, O’Hare portrays a hotel worker, Liz Taylor on the fifth season of the series, American Horror Story: Hotel.
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SPOTIGHT ON AMERICAN HORROR STORY & TRUE BLOOD STAR DENIS O'HARE :: Grand Ballroom - 2501ABC (Lower Level)
Denis O’HareFriday May 20, 2016 :: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm